China, US, Japan React to Philippines’ UNCLOS Case


A few China links for the end of the week:

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has established an official webpage for the case of “The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China”—the arbitration case the Philippines has brought to challenge China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea. The page confirms that China has not appointed any agents to represent it in the case, but has maintained “its position that it does not accept the arbitration initiated by the Philippines.”

To make clear its displeasure over the move, China summoned the Philippine Ambassador to express its displeasure with the case. According to a Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told the Philippine Ambassador that ‘The Philippines’ action of forcing through the international arbitration will not help solve the South China Sea disputes between China and the Philippines, [and] will not change the fact that China owns sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters.”

In support of China’s position, Xinhua published a barrage of articles slamming the arbitration case, carrying titles such as “The Philippines’ violation of international laws to end in vain” and “Manila’s wrong calculation.” People’s Daily joined in the fun with a piece called “Philippines push for arbitration to end in failure.”


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